Venous leg ulcers, which are also known as stasis ulcers, are among the most common types of chronic wounds. Every year, up to 1.8 million people in the United States have venous leg ulcers, which require expert care from experienced vein specialists like the team at Precision Vascular. With branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, you can receive the most advanced treatments for venous ulcers. Look after and love your legs; take care of venous ulcers by calling the Precision Vascular office nearest you today, or book an appointment online.
Venous ulcers develop because of circulation problems. If you have venous disease, it can result in such severely inadequate blood flow that it weakens your immune system.
Having a weakened immune system and low white blood cell count along with congestion in your blood vessels can lead to a buildup of toxins.
The most common area for this to happen is your legs, particularly the inner ankle areas. The effects of gravity on your veins cause high venous pressure. This, in turn, can lead to your blood flowing the wrong way, causing inflammation.
The chronic inflammation affects the skin and underlying tissues in your foot, ankle, and lower leg, weakening them and breaking them down. In time, the tissue breakdown causes a small wound to open up.
These gradually worsen and could end up being large, deep, open wounds — venous ulcers — that can be hard to heal.
Symptoms can affect you before the wound appears and afterward, such as:
When the wound appears, it’s as a visible open sore, most often around the inner part of your ankle.
Vein problems like chronic venous insufficiency, which causes varicose veins, are the most common causes of venous ulcers.
Your risk of getting venous ulcers is also much higher if you have diabetes. There are two reasons for this. First, diabetes causes reduced circulation, and it also leads to diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which can cause numbness in the feet.
If you can’t feel when you’ve injured your foot, you won’t know it needs treating. Poor circulation makes wounds slow to heal, creating the perfect conditions for the development of a venous ulcer.
Other risk factors that increase your chances of developing a venous ulcer include:
Women tend to have leg ulcers more often than men.
The Precision Vascular team has considerable expertise in treating venous ulcers. The first step is to apply compression to relieve the pressure in your leg. Then the vein responsible for the ulcer needs treating.
In most cases, treatment involves ablation of the superficial vein and treatment of any perforator or tributary veins leading to the venous ulcer. This helps to redirect blood flow and relieve the congestion in your blood vessels. It also encourages the removal of any toxins from the area.
Getting fresh, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the site of your venous ulcer helps with the healing process. Leg ulcers can be treatment-resistant, and sometimes take months or even years to heal.
Treating the problem vein is likely to produce faster and more complete healing. It also reduces the risk of infection, which if severe can lead to amputation.
If you’re concerned about venous ulcers, call Precision Vascular today or book an appointment online.